Drive to your financial future. These simple directions can guide you along the way.
1. Start now
The sooner you start financial planning, the more likely you’ll reach your goals. Your monthly savings will add up and compound interest will help them grow over time. Plus, you can take full advantage of any tax breaks or employer contributions you are eligible for. Remember: It’s never too late for you to start saving for your goals!
2. Set goals
The main purpose of financial planning is to reach your goals. Naturally, the first step is to set them. We encourage you to set specific, realistic goals; prioritize them according to your needs and wants; and estimate the costs, so you can create a realistic plan to reach them.
3. Know where you stand financially
It costs money to reach your financial planning goals. You need to know how much money you have so you know how much more you need to reach your goals. Take a clear picture of your current financial situation with our net worth and net cash flow calculators, and more.
4. Create a budget
A well-defined budget is a great way to make your financial plan work. Use your budget to determine ahead of time how you want to spend your money. That way, you can make the most of your finances and ensure that you’re setting aside enough money to enjoy a good quality of life and reach your future goals.
5. Pay yourself first
The best way to reach your goals is to pay yourself first. In other words, put money towards your dreams and goals before you spend it on impulsive purchases that you don’t particularly value. It takes discipline to do this, but it pays off in the long run. The best way to pay yourself first is to treat saving for your goals like any other fixed expense, and consistently put the same amount of money towards them every month no matter what. Automatic withdrawals and payroll deductions can help.
6. Manage your debt
Effectively managing your debt can save you money and increase your chances of reaching your goals. To manage your debt, we encourage you to understand how it works, pay down existing debt as efficiently as possible, build a strong credit rating and live within your means.
7. Protect your loved ones with life insurance
Life insurance is an important part of every financial plan. With life insurance, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will be taken care of financially, even in the event of your death. You can also buy life insurance that accumulates cash values to help you reach your life goals.